So I had heard rumblings about the amazing cookies at Jacques Torres. Then a co-worker came back from a trip to Brooklyn and said she had this fabulous cookie at, you guessed it, Jacques Torres. So I just had to bump the recipe to the top of the “to make” list.
I had read that the secret to these cookies was a long rest in the fridge. 36 hours to be exact. Supposedly this rest dries out the cookie dough and makes for a toffee taste in the cookie. But yikes. THIRTY SIX HOURS?! Who can wait that long?
Torres also uses thin discs of chocolate (couverture – used in truffle making to be exact) instead of chips or chunks. This makes for layers of chocolate in the cookie. After a visit to a local chocolate factory to pick up the obligatory chocolate discs, I was on my way. However, I’m quit sure using regular old chocolate chips would work out well too.
Oh yeah – did I mention the sprinkle of salt each cookie gets before baking? How smart is that??!
Ok, admitted – the recipe is a little picky in that it calls for a mix of flours. It’s kinda funny cause he mixes cake flour (low protein) with bread flour (high protein). One would wonder – can’t we just use all purpose since it’s in the middle and call it a day? Well, I found a Q&A that says sure, although to be honest, I’m not really sure if he is saying just use all-purpose for the bread or use all-purpose for the whole dang thing. So I did a sub for the cake flour (basically subbing 2 T of cornstarch for 2 T of flour in each cup of flour) and used all-purpose in place of the bread flour since I was not in the mood to go back to the store.
Damn good. And the sprinkling of salt on top is pure genious. The cookie bakes up crisp at the edges and chewy in the middle. I cut the baking time to 16 minutes (cause I want more chewy, less crunchy) and that worked out fine. I’m totally converted and will now make no other cookie. Oh and those chocolate discs? Yeah…I’m converted to those too. Gonna have to hit up that chocolate factory again…
Oh – AND eating the dough straight up out of the freezer (cause that’s the way we eat cookies at my house)? Wow. Yep. These are my new go-to cookie for sure.
The recipe – since someone else was nice enough to type it up. Make it. Now. Especially since you have to wait 36 hours to enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Ms. Pantry Raid